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Forestry Road closed at south end – Wed 8 August

Forestry Road will be closed between Arts Road and the Biology car park on Wednesday 8 August from 6am until 6pm. This closure is to allow for the removal of containers.

Access to the Clyde and Psychology car parks will be via Clyde and Arts roads.

Pedestrian access will remain in place alongside the Forestry building – please take extra care when in the area.

I braced myself for the impact…

Earlier this year, second year student Victoria was in a hurry to get to a lecture on time – she knew she was cutting it fine. Here she talks about why she didn’t make it to the lecture at all…

The lecture was about to start and I knew how long it would take me to bike to Ilam campus from Avonhead. I biked past Dovedale campus and then along Ilam Fields. As I got to the Ilam Road crossing I saw a car coming, which I thought would stop for the crossing. I slowed but didn’t stop and entered the crossing.

Pretty much as soon as I entered the crossing I knew the car hadn’t slowed down enough to stop. I was the only one on the crossing and I remember the car vividly, it was coming towards me and it was getting so close, freakishly close. I knew the car was going to hit me.

The impact
I don’t really remember the car hitting me, but I remember lying on my back on the ground and feeling my legs tingling and an odd sensation. I felt extremely winded and could feel pressure on my left side. Security staff told me later that I had jammed on my brakes, put my foot down and I braced myself for the impact.

I was hit on the crossing but landed a few metres away on the road. I was just taken along with the car as it was moving. I was wearing my helmet – so glad that I did. A whole chunk of it broke off. The ambulance guys told me if I hadn’t been wearing it, I would have been knocked out.

It happened so quickly – in a couple of seconds. I was lucky there wasn’t a car coming from the other direction. I just lay on the ground for a couple of minutes afterwards and closed my eyes – possibly in denial! I think I was in shock. I think the driver who hit me was in shock too.

The aftermath  
Heaps of people came to help me, and the security team were really fast at calling an ambulance and getting all my stuff together.

I had bruising on my ribs from where the car hit me, and bruises and cuts from the road on my legs – I was lucky. Because I was on a bike I was elevated, if I was a pedestrian I would have been bowled over.

I sent a text to my friend afterwards and told her what had happened. As you can imagine I got a quick reply. She took me home – driving very cautiously! I never did get to the lecture. 

My ribs took the longest to heal, they took most of the impact and were quite uncomfortable for a while. I think it took me a week to understand everything that had happened.

Think first
I’m definitely more cautious now and a lot more aware of what’s happening around me. I don’t take the same risks, it’s just not worth it – it’s better to be a couple of minutes late and to get there safely in one piece.

If you do take a risk you’re putting yourself and other people in a vulnerable position. You’ve got to put yourself in the other person’s shoes. Imagine being the driver, they don’t want to hit a cyclist or pedestrian just as much as you don’t want to be hit.  

Below: the damage to Victoria’s bike helmet. 

UC 2018 Annual Appeal campaign under way

UC’s 2018 Annual Appeal campaign – Make a Difference has launched.

Alumni and supporters who donate to UC make a considerable impact on the lives of our students, researchers and the wider community and, in doing so, support UC’s vision of people prepared to make a difference – tangata tū, tangata ora.

Over the last five years 2,562 generous donors have made 8,619 gifts, which has raised more than $1.75 million to support a range of research, teaching and learning initiatives. These include the Rose Centre for Stroke Recovery and Research, the Pukemanu-Dovedale Centre run by the UC Child and Family Psychology programme, the UCME XL Pasifika Outreach Programme, and a number of scholarships.

Find out more about the 2018 Annual Appeal campaign and the UC initiatives it supports.

Read the latest UC Foundation Annual Report to find out more about how donors have made a difference.  

Burst water main – Maidstone Road

A water main has burst on Maidstone Road near the Ilam Road intersection causing surface flooding in the area. Okeover stream, which runs through Ilam campus, has also flooded. City Care is currently on site.

While the repairs are being undertaken please note the water pressure in buildings on Ilam campus may be affected, particularly in taller buildings.

Please avoid the area if possible and take extra care when near Okeover stream.

If you experience any water supply issues please raise a BIEMS request or email  

Beatrice Tinsley building timber technology developed at UC

Four-storey timber frames were lifted into place on the Beatrice Tinsley building site during the mid-year break.

Scheduled to be completed in 2019, the Beatrice Tinsley building will house College of Science | Te Rāngai Pūtaiao staff and postgraduate students. The building will be a central part of UC’s Science precinct, connecting into both the Ernest Rutherford and Biology buildings.

The building design, which pushes the boundaries of multi-storey timber-framed construction in Aotearoa New Zealand, was driven and developed by a team from UC, BECA and architects Jasmax. It uses laminated veneer lumber, or LVL, which has incredible strength and incorporates timber technology that UC researchers developed and are teaching UC Engineering students to use.

When complete the Beatrice Tinsley building will be the first multi-storey, all timber moment-framed and cross-braced building in Aotearoa New Zealand. A moment frame is a two-dimensional series of interconnected members that uses rigid connections. It can resist lateral and overturning forces, is more flexible than other options and allows larger movements in earthquakes. Find out more

Below: The first timber frames were lifted in to place on the Beatrice Tinsley site during the mid-year break.  

Below: The Beatrice Tinsley building is starting to take shape. 

Beatrice Tinsley – a UC legend

Beatrice Tinsley is one of the most creative and significant theoreticians in modern astronomy. Known as “Queen of the Cosmos” her work has had a profound influence on what scientists know about stars, the galaxy and the Universe itself. Read more